The No. 2-seeded Central Missouri Jennies beat No. 1 seed and host Augustana (S.D.) 81-42 for the NCAA Division II Central Regional championship Monday.
It was the seventh regional title for the Jennies and their first since 1989.
Central Missouri jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never trailed. The Jennies led 24-7 after the first quarter and were up 42-17 at halftime.
They move on to the national quarterfinals in Sioux Falls, S.D., where they will face Indiana (Pa.) on March 19.
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Drury women lose in regional final
The Drury Panthers fell in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional final 79-73 to host Ashland (Ohio).
Drury, the No. 2 seed out of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, finished 31-3. Ashland improved to 34-0.
Local men's teams knocked out
Defending NCAA Division II men's national champion and top-seeded Northwest Missouri State lost in the first round of the Central Regional on Saturday, 60-50 to eighth-seeded Minnesota State-Mankato. Mankato plays Northern State for the regional title Tuesday.
Four other area schools — Missouri Southern and Washburn from the MIAA, and Drury and Truman State from the Great Lakes Valley Conference — were also eliminated with first-round losses Saturday. None of the four teams were seeded higher than fifth in their regional.